The Samsung Galaxy Tab was unveiled today and it really has the looks of something that can take off. And on paper it seems to really expose the iPad for what it is (a big Touch) but what happens when you dig deeper? Spoiler alert- iPad wins. But let’s go in order. If you haven’t seen the Galaxy teaser, here it is:
I watched that and was ready to buy one, sight unseen. And then PCWorld did a spec comparison. The Galaxy is lighter, has more RAM, better multitasking, dual cameras (with a flash in the back) and the thing is a damn phone. It’s slightly smaller and lower resolution though (but I presume it’s a higher DPI based on that ). Well just see for yourself:
Anyway, let’s do a hypothetical. Both are available right now for the same price on the same carriers. Which would you rather have? I think by now you know I’m an iHater and despise the iDiots that flock to things like the iPad like sheep, but I’m saying it this simply: I think the iPad wins this battle easily. You can win the spec war all day but that doesn’t necessarily mean you win. This hurts to say, but just look at Windows Mobile. It was killing the industry in specs for a long time and we know the end of that story. But let’s get to specifics. For me, it’s the OS that this all comes down to. The Galaxy is going to have some problems that they’ve already acknowledged. They have an odd screen resolution and said that most apps should work on their screen and are working with the top developers to ensure their apps work. The iPad can always just resize and obviously there’s less fragmentation with iHardware so developers know the platform and I think there are 25,000 dedicated iPad apps now in addition to the 250,000 you can resize. App by app, iPad apps are better than Android apps. I’m not saying that the iPad has every app that Android has or that every iOS app is better than every Android app, but be honest, the iOS apps and games are simply a higher caliber than the Android ones. And you’ll be able to get apps intended to be viewed on a tablet so the layouts are redesigned. Samsung is going to bundle the Galaxy with some apps (like email) developed for a tablet, but don’t think that all apps will be tablet ready. Oh and I know some of you love to root, etc. I don’t think you take an inferior OS because you can hack it. Again, if you want to make that argument then keep using WM6.5 but even MS is abandoning you.
Getting back to hardware, if you’ve ever tried an iPad, it’s impressively fast despite things like a shortage of RAM. I really hate the thing, and it does have a lot of flaws, but it’s a pretty solid device. So what about the Galaxy Tab? Well I definitely like the smaller size and the cameras. That’s pretty hard to ignore. And I’m curious to see Swype on that screen but I’m sure it’s good. Not too sure why I’d want a gigantic phone – I’d figure you’d just go VOIP and not pay for a voice plan on a tablet. If this were a hardware showdown, I think Galaxy probably takes it. I mean, choose the screen size you prefer – they’re about the same thickness, and aesthetics are debatable, but I think Galaxy has the better hardware specs overall. Especially the front facing camera that’s really a huge iPad flaw. The only problem is, that doesn’t change the software. It exposes the weakness of the iPad and gives you a good sign as to where the iPad2 is going to be (as they’re always just up to par with the market on hardware) but I just can’t bring myself to take the Android OS over iOS despite my internal resentment with that iDouche and his company.
Oh, still on the fence? What about the fact that the US version is rumored to be $900 for the 16GB version and $1000 for 32GB? Come on – really? For a mobile OS tablet? Tell me if you’re still in line to get one.
I think if you’re looking for an iTernative you probably need to wait for Android to get a Tablet platform completed which is likely not too far off. You also need them to mature a bit. It’ll get there. But it’s an interesting thing that a first gen iPad handily takes a first gen Android tablet. I guess keeping hardware and software in house has its perks.
Anyway, sound off. How wrong am I? Oh and don’t tell me about sales figures – the iPhone is carrier locked and the world has a love/hate relationship with Apple but their bottom line is solid. Sell an iThingie and you get revenue for hardware and software. Sell an Android license and you get…some data and ad revenue. You do the math as to who wins this one but just think of how the world watches and waits for the next iWhatever to come out. iCantstandthem but they own the tablet form factor for at least the next 6-12 months.